Job Opportunities

The Tejara Center is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status.

The Tejara Center is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that is creating an entrepreneurial international trade hub for Michigan based businesses by leveraging the multi-cultural knowledge and business networks of immigrant, ethnic and minority populations. Programs and services at Tejara are designed to assist entrepreneurs and also in growing exports as a driver for Michigan job growth and economic development while strengthen entrepreneur success rates among immigrant, ethnic and minority populations.

CURRENT OPENINGS:

Executive Director

Deputy Director


 

Executive Director Overview:

The Executive Director plans, implements and directs a comprehensive business incubation program and facility that will foster optimum efficiency and incubator company member satisfaction and retention.

This position is responsible for developing the Tejara business incubator by attracting clients to this “entrepreneurial ecosystem” and assembling the community resources necessary to assure their successful growth.

Supervision:
The Executive Director reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer and collaborates on the goals and objectives of the Tejara Center.

The Executive Director supervises assigned staff of the Tejara Center and Member companies; works closely with business development consultants, mentors, partners, and affiliates.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and manage the day-to-day operation of the facility and tasks at hand
  • Promote and market incubator services to external audiences, both potential Members and service providers building a cohesive ecosystem of network of resources for the Tejara Center and its Member companies
  • Recruit new incubator Tenant/ Non-Tenant Members, service providers, consultants and advisory board members.
  • Establish and maintain top level relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Conduct research to identify emerging needs, trends, and services related to recruitment and location of incubator and affiliate members
  • Create comprehensive Member services offerings and provide leadership for the implementation of programs created
  • Develop business training programs and workshops
  • Provide one-on-one mentoring to Member companies and monitor the progress and outcome of goals and objectives and or milestones of incubator Member companies
  • Oversee the overall strategies of the incubator start-up companies
  • Assign and work closely with external consultants, coaches, agencies and companies providing consultation and mentoring to Member companies
  • Prepare proposals to clients and respond to inquiries/requests from Company stakeholders
  • Plan and facilitate regularly scheduled workshops and in house meetings and or events.
  • Participate in community events and workshops to generate leads, strengthen ties, promote the Tejara Center, and obtain services beneficial to the vitality of the incubator and its Members
  • Present to businesses and community groups
  • Present and facilitate workshops and or educational programs to incubator Members as deemed necessary or most beneficial
  • Seek angel and capital investment opportunities for Member companies to aid in the commercialization or acquisition process
  • Create and implement strategic planning of the organization;
  • Represent the incubator to the public and outside groups, organizations, and agencies; respond to a wide variety of questions, comments, and/or concerns; resolve related complaints
  • Ensures project compliance with applicable internal and external requirements
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of records and reports related to assigned programs, including financial reports

In addition, the Executive Director will assist in the following functions:

  • Developing, adopting, and implementing policies governing the operation of the facility and the members
  • Coordinating and/or developing business assistance and office services as may be necessary, to act as a catalyst to strengthen, the area’s small business support network
  • Developing and monitoring program budget; Work with the COO to make recommendations to Board of Directors and government officials on programs which support the development strategy for entrepreneurial growth
  • Identifying funding sources for projects requiring financial assistance
  • Assist in raising funds from private and public sources
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature or level as directed

Qualifications:
The Executive Director is critical to the success of the Tejara incubator program. The person appointed should be highly motivated and demonstrates skill in dealing successfully with the problems of small business as well as successfully marketing programs and/or facilities.

The primary qualifications for the Executive Director are as follows:

  • Business planning, market, and financial planning expertise
  • Experience in managing a small business venture
  • Skill in public/community relations for effective recruitment of community organizations and resources to serve tenants
  • Skill in managing a facility, but secondary to business assistance and management skills Ability to interact with government officials, corporate executives, and funding sources representatives
  • Handle sensitive and confidential materials with discretion
  • Commitment to working with shared leadership, in cross-functional teams, and with diverse constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
  • Strong time management skills and ability to remain flexible in order to implement multiple projects simultaneously, with tight deadlines.
  • Entrepreneurial attitude conducive to creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Maturity, humility, professionalism, strong work ethic, and commitment to excellence and accuracy.
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours or to travel out-of-town and overnight may be required.
  • Experience in export business development, economic development or related field that provides training and experience that offers the required knowledge, ability, and skills is a plus.

Experience in export business development, economic development or related field that provides training and experience that offers the required knowledge, ability, and skills.

Education/ Training/Experience:
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business administration, accounting, finance, marketing or a related field.

Any combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities. An example of this would be a college degree in business management and/or entrepreneurial studies and extensive experience in managing a comprehensive incubator program.

Previously owned a small business is a plus.

Strong training and or experience in export or international trade is a plus but not necessary.

Special Conditions of Employment:
Ability to work non-traditional hours.

Out-of-town travel may be required.

Compensation and Terms:
Full Time salaried position

The Tejara Center offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with background and experience and within parameters of the Tejara Center compensation scale.

To Apply:
E-mail a letter of interest, resume, to lmarshall@tejaracenter.org with a subject line of “Executive Director Position.” Or fax to (313)769-9997.

Deadline:
Application materials will be reviewed as received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Hiring Policy: The Tejara Center is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status.

We appreciate your interest and wish we could respond to all who apply. However, due to the number of respondents, we will only contact those applicants selected for consideration.


Deputy Director Position Overview:

The Deputy Director plans, implements and directs a comprehensive business incubation program and facility that will foster optimum efficiency and incubator company member satisfaction and retention.

This position is responsible for assisting in developing the Tejara business incubator by attracting clients to this “entrepreneurial ecosystem” and assembling the community resources necessary to assure their successful growth.

Supervision:

The Deputy Director reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer and collaborates on the goals and objectives of the Tejara Center.

The Deputy Director supervises assigned staff of the Tejara Center and Member companies; works closely with business development consultants, mentors, partners, and affiliates.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Promote and market incubator services to external audiences, both potential Members and service providers building a cohesive ecosystem of network of resources for the Tejara Center and its Member companies.
  • Recruit new incubator Tenant/ Non-Tenant Members, service providers, consultants and advisory board members.
  • Create comprehensive Member services offerings and provide leadership for the implementation of programs created
  • Develop business training programs and workshops
  • Provide one-on-one mentoring to Member companies and monitor the progress and outcome of goals and objectives and or milestones of incubator Member companies
  • Assign and work closely with external consultants, coaches, agencies and companies providing consultation and mentoring to Member companies.
  • Prepare proposals to clients and respond to inquiries/requests from Company stakeholders
  • Present and facilitate workshops and or educational programs to incubator Members as deemed necessary or most beneficial.
  • Seek angel and capital investment opportunities for Member companies to aid in the commercialization or acquisition process
  • Ensures project compliance with applicable internal and external requirements
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of records and reports related to assigned programs, including financial reports.
  • Aid in the development and implementation of the overall marketing plan, providing Tejara Center news, web content, posts and responses to social media
  • Identify and recruit entrepreneurs best suited for the Tejara Center incubator
  • Assist in the selection process of new members/clients
  • Assist in recruiting potential Advisory Board members
  • Coordinate outreach activities related to the scheduling and delivery of training, coaching, and partnering
  • Ensure project compliance with internal and external reporting requirements
  • Track and evaluate the impact of services
  • Ensure the maintains and tracking of individual business profiles of member companies in the Tejara Center incubator management system
  • Assist with the development of the Tejara Center as necessary
  • Assist with the overall day-to-day tasks of the program ensuring a professional environment conducive to the success of the Tejara Center and its members
  • Generate news, newsletter publications for social media, podcasts and internal agenda
  • Perform any other duties as directed for the fulfillment of services and the Tejara Center mission

Qualifications:

The Deputy Director is critical to the success of the Tejara incubator program. The person appointed should be highly motivated and demonstrates skill in dealing successfully with the problems of small business as well as successfully marketing programs and/or facilities.

The primary qualifications for the Deputy Director are as follows:

  • Business planning, market, and financial planning expertise
  • Experience in understanding and or managing a small business venture
  • Skill in public/community relations for effective recruitment of community organizations and resources to serve tenants
  • Handle sensitive and confidential materials with discretion
  • Commitment to working with shared leadership, in cross-functional teams, and with diverse constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
  • Strong time management skills and ability to remain flexible in order to implement multiple projects simultaneously, with tight deadlines.
  • Entrepreneurial attitude conducive to creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Maturity, humility, professionalism, strong work ethic, and commitment to excellence and accuracy.
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours or to travel out-of-town and overnight may be required.
  • Experience in export business development, economic development or related field that provides training and experience that offers the required knowledge, ability, and skills is a plus.

Education/ Training/Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business administration, accounting, finance, marketing or a related field.
  • Any combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities. An example of this would be a college degree in business management and/or entrepreneurial studies and extensive experience in managing a comprehensive incubator program.
  • Previously owned a small business is a plus.
  • Strong training and or experience in export or international trade is a plus but not necessary.

Special Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to work non-traditional hours.
  • Out-of-town travel may be required.

Compensation and Terms:

  • Full Time salaried position

The TEJARA Center offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with background and experience and within parameters of the TEJARA compensation scale.

To Apply:

E-mail a letter of interest, resume, to lmarshall@tejaracenter.org with a subject line of “Deputy Director Position.” Or fax to (313)769-9997.

Deadline:

Application materials will be reviewed as received and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Hiring Policy: The TEJARA Center is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected status.

We appreciate your interest and wish we could respond to all who apply. However, due to the number of respondents, we will only contact those applicants selected for consideration.